I am teaching my 4.5 year-old kid to write letter C.

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I copied this phrase from a video on youtube. Probally, the video is made by native English speakers.

Watch this clip starting at 3:40

"I start at the top, and go around till you reach the bottom."

My question is that

If we say that, then it can be either one of the 2 symbols shown in the above picture.

Do we need to add "to the left" to make it clearer?

For example, "To draw C. Start at the top, and go around to the left till you reach the bottom."?

Note: The key point is to tell the child to make a smooth movement and a minimum effort without having to lift the pen and using an eraser.

  • 1
    Yes, "to the left" makes things clearer, I suppose, but it's not at all clear anyway if you're not watching the video, and if you are watching the video, you don't need the extra words (or really any words) to see how to draw the letter.
    – cruthers
    Jul 27, 2022 at 5:32

2 Answers 2


The C starts going to the left, but ends going to the right. A clearer way to explain it to an adult would be:

To draw C, start at the top right, and go anti-clockwise until you reach the bottom right.

This might not work with a young child, who may never have seen an analogue clock, and even then may not know which way the hands move.

  • "anti-clockwise" is good but do we need to say "go around anti-clockwise..." or just "go anti-clockwise..."?
    – Tom
    Jul 27, 2022 at 7:11
  • You would have to say "go around" if there were something in the middle of the C. There is nothing in the middle of the C, so "go anti-clockwise" is fine.
    – JavaLatte
    Jul 27, 2022 at 23:07

"to the left" is ambiguous, maybe:

To draw C, draw a semicircle on the left side without the line

If that's too complicated:

To draw C, start at the top, draw a line curving to the left

It may be confusing to young kids, but it might work.


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